(From left) States Councillors Zhao Kezhi, Wang Yi, Wei Fenghe take oath of allegiance to the Constitution along with Vice-Premiers Hu Chunhua, Han Zheng (centre, foreground), Sun Chunlan, Liu He, State Councillor Wang Yong and Secretary-General of the State Council Xiao Jie at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 19, 2018. (PANG XINGLEI / XINHUA)
BEIJING - The 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, held
the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning and endorsed the new lineup of the State Council.
Chinese leaders including Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan attended the plenary meeting.
Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to endorse vice premiers, state councilors, secretary-general of the State Council, ministers, governor of the central bank, and auditor-general, who were nominated by Premier Li Keqiang.
Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to decide on appointment of members of the new cabinet, and vote on personnel of the NPC special committees
Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, Hu
Chunhua and Liu He were endorsed as vice-premiers after being nominated by Premier Li Keqiang at the
ongoing annual session of the 13th National People's Congress Monday morning.
Wei Fenghe, Wang Yong, Wang Yi, Xiao Jie and Zhao Kezhi were endorsed as state
councilors at a plenary meeting of the annual
national legislative session and after being nominated by Premier Li.
Li nominated He Lifeng as head of the National Development and Reform Commission and Wang Yi was nominated to head China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wang Yi's nomination was endorsed.
Legislators endorsed Premier Li's choice of Wei Fenghe as head of China's Ministry of National Defense. Li also nominated Xiao Jie as secretary-general of the State Council.
Yi Gang was nominated as governor of the People's Bank of China, the central bank, by Premier Li. The nomination was duly endorsed.
The 13th National People's Congress holds its seventh plenary session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 19, 2018. (YAO DAWEI / XINHUA)
Also, Sun Shaocheng was nominated to head China's new ministry of veterans
affairs while Zhong Shan was nominated to head China's Ministry of Commerce by Premier Li.
They were officially appointed after President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree.
Legislators also voted to approve the chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members of eight special committees of the 13th NPC at the meeting. The candidates for personnel of the NPC special committees were proposed by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
All of them took oath of allegiance to the Constitution afterwards.
At the ninth meeting of the session's presidium on Sunday morning, participants
decided on preliminary candidates list for vice premiers, state councilors,
ministers, governor of the central bank, chief auditor, and secretary-general of
the State Council, as well as the leaders and members of eight special
committees of the 13th NPC.
The list was distributed to all delegations for discussion after the meeting.
At its tenth meeting Sunday afternoon, the presidium decided by voting the final candidates for these cabinet and NPC special committee members.
A quick look at China's new cabinet lineup
Vice premiers: Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, Hu Chunhua, Liu He
State councilors: Wei Fenghe, Wang Yong, Wang Yi, Xiao Jie, Zhao Kezhi
Secretary-general of the State Council: Xiao Jie
Wang Yi, minister of foreign affairs
Wei Fenghe, minister of national defense
He Lifeng, head of the national development and reform commission
Chen Baosheng, minister of education
Wang Zhigang, minister of science and technology
Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology
Bater, head of the state ethnic affairs commission
Zhao Kezhi, minister of public security
Chen Wenqing, minister of state security
Huang Shuxian, minister of civil affairs
Fu Zhenghua, minister of justice
Liu Kun, minister of finance
Zhang Jinan, minister of human resources and social security
Lu Hao, minister of natural resources
Li Ganjie, minister of ecological environment
Wang Menghui, minister of housing and urban-rural development
Li Xiaopeng, minister of transport
E Jingping, minister of water resources
Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce
Luo Shugang, minister of culture and tourism
Ma Xiaowei, head of the national health commission
Sun Shaocheng, minister of veterans affairs
Wang Yupu, minister of emergency management
Yi Gang, governor of the people's bank of China
Hu Zejun, auditor-general of the national audit office